The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida Program is launching a new initiative called Quit and Tell to celebrate Floridians who have quit tobacco and inspire more people to join them.
It is part of a statewide effort to raise awareness about the 3 Free & Easy Ways to Quit available to help Floridians. These free and proven-effective services can double a tobacco user’s chances of quitting.
“Quitting tobacco can be difficult, but it is not impossible and Tobacco Free Florida’s free services can greatly improve one’s chances,” said Tobacco Free Florida Bureau Chief Shannon Hughes. “In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers in the state. We are encouraging Floridians to share their success stories to inspire others to do the same.”
Since Tobacco Free Florida launched in 2007, there has been significant progress in reducing the number of smokers in the state. The most current cigarette smoking rate among adults in Florida is 16.8 percent—a rate lower than the national average of 19 percent. Of those current smokers in the state, approximately 1.7 million want to quit.
More than 126,000 Floridians have already successfully quit using one of the 3 Ways to Quit. These free services help tobacco users create comprehensive and personalized quit plans. Free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like the patch or a combination of the patch and nicotine gum for heavy smokers, is available while supplies last and if medically appropriate.
Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit include:
- CALL: Call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach® who will help you assess your addiction and help you create a personalized quit plan.
- CLICK: Tobacco Free Florida’s online cessation tool can be accessed at com/webcoach.
- COME IN: Local face-to-face help is available with the help of Area Health Education Centers, find one near you at com/ahec.
There are plenty of reasons to quit. Quitting smoking can add up to 10 years to one’s life expectancy.6 The health benefits of quitting smoking begin almost immediately after one’s last cigarette and continue for years if one quits for good.
Join the conversation on social media using #QuitAndTell. To Quit and Tell, please visit tobaccofreeflorida.com/quitandtell.